Brazil Eliminates Serbia and is a Group Winner. Brazil has qualified as group winner on Wednesday for the eighth-finals of the World Cup in Russia. The Seleçao left Serbia with a 2-0 victory on the third and final matchday in group E.
According to the Forbes News, Switzerland played 2-2 against Costa Rica, which had already been counted, and also pushed to the last sixteen.
In eighth-finals Brazil takes on Monday in the Samara Arena against Mexico, second in Group F. A day later Switzerland meets in Saint Petersburg Sweden, the surprising group winner of group F.
Brazil, a favourite for the overall victory, had enough of a point to push through and did not seem to be insisting in the stadium of Spartak Moscow. In the 25th minute, Neymar and Jesus combined – with some luck – a nice combination, but the PSG star could not finish it.
Goalkeeper Stojkovic brought a save. But the 1-0 then came on the scoreboard. Coutinho sent Paulinho deep in the 36th minute, and the Barcelona-midfielder pushed the clashing ball over the hitting Stojkovic into the goal. In the first half, the Serbs made very little difference to this.
Even immediately after the break, Serbia could not threaten. After a Serbian corner kick the Divine Canaries quickly, Neymar decided on Stojkovic. By the hour there were some hot positions for the Brazilian goal. Alisson pushed a cross against the head of Aleksandar Mitrovic (former Anderlecht), but Silva prevented the equaliser.
Moments later, the Serbian striker nodded the ball at the Brazilian goalkeeper. The Serbs did not silver the momentum and got the lid on the nose. On a corner, Silva Stojkovic scattered with a header: 2-0.
Filipe Luis was close to a third Brazilian goal, and his shot was defused by the Serbian goalkeeper. Neymar failed to make his second goal at this World Cup three times. A final Serbian offensive did not come anymore.
Brazil is group winner with 7 points. In second place in Switzerland with 5 points, for Serbia (3 pts) and Costa Rica (1).